Squeeze

Is That Love?

Song Review by

Probably Squeeze's weakest latter-day single, 1981's "Is That Love?" is definitely Squeeze-by-numbers, and a peculiar choice for a second single from the group's strongest album. ("In Quintessence," "Piccadilly" or even the country-flavored "Labelled With Love" would have been a more appropriate choice.) Chris Difford's lyrics are unusually weak, with the usual wicked turns of phrase and clever metaphors replaced by labored puns that rarely come off, and Glenn Tilbrook's melody is one of the least memorable on East Side Story. The song is saved, just, by the rollicking arrangement, based on a pair of galloping acoustic guitars and punctuated by a bridge with some great Difford and Tilbrook harmonies. It's still a weird choice for a single, though.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
East Side Story 1981 A&M 2:30
Singles 45's and Under 1982 A&M 3:32
Greatest Hits 1994 A&M / Uptown / Universal 2:31
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Squeeze 2004 Universal Distribution 2:35